7 January 2016

Algeria: Sahrawi Embassy in Panama Reopens

Chahid El Hafed — The embassy of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in Panama has reopened Thursday, with the resumption of the activities of its diplomatic representation in the country, said a communiqué of Sahrawi Foreign Ministry.

"After two years, Diplomat Ali Mahmoud resumed his work as ambassador of the Sahrawi Republic to Panama," said the communiqué, quoted by the Sahrawi news agency (SPS).

The Republic of Panama is the first country in Latin America to recognize SADR. The two countries are united by ties of friendship, solidarity and cooperation for over forty years.

This Central America country has an important strategic position through the Panama Canal, which connects the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, allowing it to play an important role in world trade.

Registered since 1966 on the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories and therefore eligible for the application of resolution 1514 of the UN General Assembly containing a declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, Western Sahara is the last colony in Africa, occupied since 1975 by Morocco, supported by France.

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